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15.07.2014
U20 MEN DIV. B
9. Jusuf Nurkic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
An influential run of displays from Jusuf Nurkic continued on Tuesday

Bosnia and Herzegovina won the battle of the unbeaten teams in Group A at the U20 European Championship Division B in Sarajevo on Tuesday as they powered past Portugal 73-64 thanks to 30 points and 17 rebounds from Jusuf Nurkic.

Portugal led 57-50 late in the third quarter before Adin Vrabac hit a jumper and Nurkic scored the first five points of the final period to kick-start a 21-0 sequence that would turn the game the way of the hosts.

Every member of the Portuguese squad would score in the game but it wasn't enough as they were overwhelmed in the fourth quarter allowing Bosnia and Herzegovina to seize the upper hand in the group.

Belgium could be another beneficiary of that result as they improved to match Portugal's 3-1 record, following a routine 75-37 win over Romania.

Naim El Khounchar was a key performer for Belgium as he registered 20 points, six rebounds and four assists while no Romanian player scored more than eight points.

Elsewhere in Group A, Estonia held of a fourth-quarter rally from Luxembourg to win 75-68 and register their first victory of the competition.

Luxembourg's Bob Melcher scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the final 10 minutes as they outscored Estonia 20-12. But Estonia clung to the advantage they had built behind the 16 points of Brett Nömm.

14. Timur Bas (Austria)
The best efforts of Timur Bas could not deny Ukraine victory

In Group B, Ukraine made it four from four after their opening day defeat, this time overcoming Austria and a huge 23-point, 10-rebound effort from Timur Bas.

Ukraine established their advantage in the first quarter, ending it with a 20-10 lead off the back of a swift 7-0 run.

It was soon up to 25-12 and although Austria battled back and were within six in the final period, Ukraine's consistent scoring, 44 of their points coming from the paint, was enough to see them claim another win, 63-54.

Belarus too secured a fourth straight success as they beat Finland 85-73.

They jumped out in front early before enjoying a fine shooting night as Yauheni Beliankou and Siarhei Kazlou averaged 82% and 73% from the floor on their way to 20 and 19 points respectively.

Georgia did not fair so well from the floor in Group B's other game however. They connected on just 32% of their field goals as they were beaten 73-51 by Netherlands, who improved to 3-1 and remain in the hunt for a semi-finals spot.

Shane Hammink was influential for the Dutch once again as he scored 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as well as coming up with a couple of big plays in the 11-0 fourth-quarter spurt which won the game for Netherlands.

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